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Heart-Hunters Consulting

Some fashion professionals enjoy working at small, boutique shops. Valerie Cooper prefers the bi-coastal and international setting of Heart-Hunters Consulting. She should prefer it, she's the company President.

Anton Dell

Anton Dell has fashion in his jeans—ahem, genes. Born into a family in the fashion industry it was only second nature for Anton to follow in his parents' footsteps. After getting his start in his parents' retail store group he moved on to spend the next 25 years in manufacturing, as an agent, and for the last 14 years as a consultant.

Katie Sturino

Katie Sturino began her career interning for Chanel and working in-house for Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein. Apparently that wasn't glamorous, or BUSY, enough for the fashion-forward entrepreneur as she later opened her own boutique fashion PR firm. Katie luckily made a savvy business decision that helped her success as a fashion entrepreneur--she worked flexible hours  on a Bobbi Brown book while building her firm's client list. And her hard work paid off.

Cherie Bixler

Cherie Bixler, with a fashion-filled heart and an entrepreneurial spirit, took her 25 years of experience in the fashion industry and turned it into her own successful, award-winning shop. Cherie Bixler Patternmaking and Consulting shop focuses on producing patterns from original sketches, photographs, rub-offs or spec sheets, on cutting and sewing garments and consults with new and intermediate-level people looking to get into the industry.

San Jose

The San Jose Fashion Scene

California has the second largest population of fashion designers in the country. While most of them live in and around Los Angeles, northern California has an impressive population of designers living mainly in and around San Francisco. San Francisco is only 48 miles from San Jose, so aspiring designers interested in a more affordable place to live typically commute from San Jose or other surrounding areas to attend school and enjoy the San Francisco’s unique fashion scene. This is not to say that San Jose doesn’t dabble in fashion, but the city seems to serve as a base for many fashion professionals.

San Francisco

The San Francisco Fashion Scene

San Francisco has an independent spirit. It’s not always about what looks good here. Lately fashion has been about what feels good. The city’s fresh design talent and organizations such as the Fashion Council of San Francisco have teamed up to promote sustainability and environmental consciousness in the fashion industry. This opens up yet another door for aspiring fashion designers and fashion merchandisers. So, if your designs or services have a message, you’ll mesh well with San Francisco’s unique fashion industry.

Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Fashion Scene

Jacksonville is well on its way to becoming a major contender in the fashion industry. Jacksonville Fashion Week (JFW) is a huge part of the plan to establish Jacksonville as a major presence in the fashion world. It features creations by emerging local and established designers, as well as model competitions. Apparel, accessories, and footwear designers present to an audience of retail buyers, boutique owners, and consumers from all over. This event is an excellent place for aspiring designers to show the world that they have to offer.

Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Fashion Scene

Indianapolis’s fashion scene is growing and it shows no signs of slowing down. Over the last several years, designers, stylists, photographers, dealers, and make-up artists have come out of the woodwork, opening shops and promoting services all over the city. Vintage and local shops have popped up in areas such as Fountain Square, and fashion groups have formed all over. The Indianapolis Fashion Collective and the Fashion Arts Society are two local organizations that help promote Indianapolis’s fashion. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) also sponsors one of the country’s most unique fashion events—Project IMA: Fashion Unbound. The event does not use professional models. Instead it features women of all shapes and sizes. 

Columbus Ohio

The Columbus Fashion Scene

Columbus is one of the largest cities in the U.S. and in 2006, it was ranked as the 8th best big city in the country by CNN. This art and culture mecca is home to five of the biggest retail brands in the U.S. including Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Hollister, and Big Lots. Columbus is also packed with museums such as the Columbus Museum of Art, elaborate entertainment venues such as Nationwide Arena, and hundreds of shopping venues from the upscale shops of Polaris Fashion Place and Easton Town Center, to the thrift stores of West 5th Avenues’ Resale Row.